Thursday, 28 September 2017

Information Sessions - Tasmania

Information session will be conducted by the Region 3 Manager, David Rye, in Tasmania during October.

The sessions are open to ESO executives, members, advocates and those who may be interested in undertaking ATDP training and will provide an update on the ATDP, training and the Recognition of Prior Learning process.

If you would like to attend a session please RSVP to:
anne.james@dva.gov.au  before 5pm on 18 October

  • Hobart  23 October
    Legacy House, 159 Macquarie St Hobart
  • Ulverstone  24 October
    Ulverstone Ex-Service Club, 21 King Edward St Ulverstone
  • Launceston  25 October
    Launceston RSL, 313 Wellington St Launceston

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Engage - new on-line support portal


What is Engage?
Engage is an online portal that current, transitioning, and former ADF members; their families, and/or those involved in their support can use to locate support services.

Engage simplifies the process of accessing support by providing information on not-for-profit services available from a range of service providers.

How does Engage work?
Engage simplifies the process of accessing support by providing information on not-for-profit services available from a range of service providers.

Engage will ‘connect’ users to specific support providers based on different criteria including their:

  • Need
  • Physical location – local, regional and national, and
  • Service or support required.

What type of support services can be accessed through Engage?
The following categories of support services can be accessed through Engage:

  • Emergency Support
  • Staying Active
  • Financial and Legal Support
  • Employment Services
  • Assisted Living
  • Claims and Pension Assistance
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Partners, Parents and Families
  • Work on Behalf of the Veteran Community

How do I access Engage?

Engage is accessible through any World Wide Web enabled device.


Monday, 25 September 2017

Level 1 Consolidation/Assessment (Pilot) Workshops

Nominations are called for candidates to attend Level 1 Pilot Consolidation/Assessment Workshops.

It is essential that candidates nominated for the Pilot courses have completed all workplace experience and eLearning requirements, in addition to having completed and certified Workplace Experience Logbooks (WEL) and Portfolios of Evidence for consideration that meet at least the minimum evidential requirements.

Nomination Procedure

Responsibility for initial conformation of readiness for assessment is vested in the candidate's Workplace Mentor, who then notifies the Regional Mentor (or nominated coordinating mentor).
Both the Mentor and the Regional Mentor need to be satisfied that:

a)  The candidate has undertaken the eLearning requirements for their Unit of Competency

b)  The candidate's WEL show evidence of the experiences outlined in the appropriate mentor checklist

c)  The dates in the WEL and subsequent timeframe for experience are appropriate

d)  The candidate's Portfolio of Evidence meets the assessment requirement

e)  The candidate's full name and USI are included with the nomination to the ASO

The Regional Mentor is then responsible for notifying the ASO that the candidate is ready for consolidation/assessment.
The ASO is then to provide the National Training Manager with the list of potential attendees.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Media Release (21 Sep 17) Veteran Pensions Set to Increase

The Hon Dan Tehan MP Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
21 September 2017

Veteran pensions set to increase

Veteran pension payments have increased in line with the biannual indexation.
The increase will cover pension recipients including veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers.
Due to the calculation of pension rates on a daily basis, the first pension paid after the indexation on payday 28 September 2017 will comprise a component of both the old and new rates.
The new pension rates will be fully effective from pension payday 12 October 2017.
The table below highlights the new fortnightly rates.
SERVICE PENSIONOld rate (fortnightly)New rate (fortnightly)Increase (fortnightly)
Single person $888.30 $894.40 $6.10
Couples (each) $669.60 $674.20 $4.60
Single person – transitional $748.00 $752.40 $4.40
Couples (each) – transitional $603.40 $607.00 $3.60
War widow(er)’s pension $902.80 $909.10 $6.30
Income support supplement $266.60 $268.50 $1.90
T&PI (Special rate) $1,364.30 $1,373.80 $9.50
Intermediate rate $926.20 $932.70 $6.50
EDA $753.60 $758.90 $5.30
100 per cent $485.00 $488.40 $3.40
10 per cent $55.43 $55.77 $0.34
These are the maximum rates of payment and include any Energy Supplement payable.
Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September. For a full list of pension rates, please visit www.dva.gov.auor call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Payneham RSL Veterans' Centre (South Australia)

Payneham RSL has established a Veterans' Centre for the use and delivery of advocacy services to the ex-service community in a family friendly environment.
It is open to all serving and retired ADF personnel and their families.

360 Payneham Rd, Payneham
Tuesday - Thursday  0900 - 1200

For further information about the Veterans' Centre, download a flier here,
or contact Scott Jeffrey  0439 963 550     jeffro140274@gmail.com

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Veterans Health Week event - Townsville

Veterans Off The Streets Australia, in conjunction with Veterans Health Week, will be conducting a Community Sleepout in Townsville from 2pm Saturday 21st October to 8am Sunday 22nd October.

For more information, download a flyer here, or visit www.votsa.org.au

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment

Your health is everything and it’s important to stay on top of it. Being at your best and enjoying a longer, healthier and happier life means taking action.

After you have left the Australian Defence Force (ADF), you can access a comprehensive health assessment from your GP to track how you are going.
This assessment has been designed specifically for you. It can help your GP identify the early onset of any physical or mental health conditions you may be experiencing and provide treatment or refer you to other services, if you need it.

Are you eligible?
The assessment is available to all former serving personnel. This includes those who have left the permanent force and are now in the Reserves, and those who have left the Reserves.
There are no time restrictions for accessing this one-off assessment. 

DVA will fund the assessment through the usual DVA health card arrangements. 
If you’re not a DVA client, a Medicare rebate is available. Your GP may decide to bulk bill the assessment at no cost to you. If your GP charges a fee that is higher than the rebate, you will need to pay for the gap.

Talk to your GP, tell them you have served in the ADF and ask them about this health assessment.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Canberra Veterans' Access Network relocation

From Monday 18th September, services through the Canberra Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) office will be delivered from the Department of Human Services (DHS) Service Centre at 2–6 Bowes Street, Woden ACT.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) announced the move in July. It will provide easier access to services for the local veteran community, including the ability to access a variety of services in one central place.
Feedback regarding the co-location from both the veteran community and VAN staff has been positive.

The DVA presence is clearly identified within the DHS Service Centre.
All Canberra VAN office staff have relocated to the new location and are continuing to deliver the same services to the veteran community as they did from the previous location.

The new arrangements will ensure that DVA assistance can be accessed from a modern facility, which has direct access to a large car park and is close to public transport.
DVA will continue to work with the local veteran community to ensure the services provided by the Canberra VAN office continue to meet their needs into the future.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Information Sessions - Queensland

Queensland Advocates and ESOs

We are pleased to invite you to attend an Information Session about the Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP).

What it's About
These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Meet members of the ATDP team
  • Obtain an overview of the ATDP and gain an understanding of the ATDP
  • Ask questions about the ATDP 

When and Where
Tuesday 26th September 2017
12.30pm to 2.00pm
Location: Stanthorpe RSL
46 Marsh Street
Stanthorpe, Q 4380
Lunch provided.

Wednesday 27th September 2017
1.00pm to 3.00pm
Location: Oakey RSL
76 Campbell Street,
Oakey, Q 4401
Afternoon tea provided.

Please RSVP for catering purposes by emailing the Region 1 Administration Officer, Tamsin McGuin at aso1@atdp.org.au no later than 20th September 2017.

We hope you can take some time to come to one of the Information Sessions and we look forward to seeing you there.

Peter McNamara
Manager ATDP Region 1 (Qld & NT)

Thursday, 14 September 2017

R U OK Day

Today is R U OK?Day, a national day of action and a reminder to all Australians that you’ve got what it takes to have a life-changing conversation.

Use today to start these conversations and as a reminder to keep them going all year round.
If every Australian takes the time to ask, listen, encourage action and check in when someone around them is struggling, we’ll move closer to our vision of a world where we are all connected and are protected against suicide.

More at www.ruok.org.au

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

New compensation Act for veterans (DRCA)

Parliament has passed the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA), which will replace for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA). There will be no change to eligibility or the coverage of entitlements or benefits available to current and former members of the ADF.

The purpose of this change was to move all military compensation legislation under the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Mr Tehan said the legislation gave the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs policy responsibility for all veterans’ compensation legislation.

“This new legislation will allow for more consistency for veterans’ entitlements subject to consultation with the defence and ex-service community. This will allow the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to improve the services it offers,” Mr Tehan said.

DRCA will commence 28 days after Royal Assent when all veterans and ADF members with existing claims under the SRCA will automatically become claims under the DRCA.

Mr Tehan assured the Parliament that there would be no change to coverage in this move but that the Government had put in place a safety net for any unforeseen situations.

Any new claims for injuries and illnesses due to service prior to 1 July 2004 which are lodged on or after the commencement date will now also be DRCA claims.

Further information on the DRCA, and on making a claim for rehabilitation and/or compensation due to a service related injury or illness under any of the military compensation Acts, can be found at www.dva.gov.au.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 2 August 2017 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

alcohol use disorder48/201749/2017
rheumatoid arthritis50/201751/2017
These SOPs revoke the SOPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined New Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

tooth wear52/201753/2017
popliteal entrapment syndrome54/201755/2017
benign paroxysmal positional vertigo56/201757/2017

Veterans' Entitlements (Statements of Principles—Cumulative Equivalent Dose) Amendment Determination 2017

acoustic neuroma58/201758/2017
acquired cataract58/201758/2017
acute lymphoblastic leukaemia58/201758/2017
acute myeloid leukaemia58/201758/2017
adenocarcinoma of the kidney58/201758/2017
Alzheimer-type dementia58/2017 
angle-closure glaucoma58/201758/2017
aortic stenosis58/201758/2017
atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease58/201758/2017
benign neoplasm of the eye and adnexa58/201758/2017
carotid arterial disease58/201758/2017
cerebral meningioma58/201758/2017
cerebrovascular accident58/201758/2017
chronic gastritis and chronic gastropathy58/201758/2017
chronic myeloid leukaemia58/201758/2017
chronic pancreatitis58/201758/2017
cirrhosis of the liver58/2017 
erectile dysfunction58/201758/2017
external burn58/201758/2017
fibrosing interstitial lung disease58/201758/2017
gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer58/201758/2017
Graves' disease58/201758/2017
Hashimoto's thyroiditis58/201758/2017
heart block58/201758/2017
ischaemic heart disease58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the bile duct58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the bladder58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of bone and articular cartilage58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the brain58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the breast58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the cerebral meninges58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the colorectum58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the endometrium58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the gallbladder58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the liver58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the lung58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the oesophagus58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the ovary58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the renal pelvis and ureter58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the salivary gland58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the stomach58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of the thyroid gland58/201758/2017
malignant neoplasm of unknown primary site58/201758/2017
multiple sclerosis58/2017 
myelodysplastic syndrome58/201758/2017
neoplasm of the pituitary gland58/2017 
non-aneurysmal aortic atherosclerotic disease58/201758/2017
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma58/2017 
non-melanotic malignant neoplasm of the skin58/201758/2017
open-angle glaucoma58/201758/2017
optochiasmatic arachnoiditis58/201758/2017
otitis externa58/201758/2017
otitis media58/201758/2017
peritoneal adhesions58/201758/2017
renal artery atherosclerotic disease58/201758/2017
soft tissue sarcoma58/201758/2017
trigeminal neuropathy58/201758/2017
The above SOPs take effect from 18 September 2017.

Summary of Changes

  • Summary of Changes (PDF )

Finalised Declaration for:

ConditionDeclarationReasons for Decision
chemically-acquired brain injury caused by mefloquine, tafenoquine or primaquinePDF PDF Word

Completed Investigations

The above determinations and declarations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:

New Investigation

Decided to advertise the following investigation:
  • suicide and attempted suicide (focussed review - experiencing a category 2 stressor, and experiencing a problem with a long-term relationship)
The above declaration and investigation notice appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 29 August 2017.